See-through pictures are fun to create and make unique gifts for family and friends! It does require a bit of down time though, so make sure that you have something else for the kids to do between each of the steps.
We like to decorate our windows with these pictures because they look great with the light behind them - and they make fantastic decorations for any child's room.
What you need to make See-Through Pictures...
- gel medium (found in arts and crafts store)
- magazine picture or a picture you have drawn or printed onto shiny shelf paper
- paint brush or foam applicator
- drop sheet to protect the work space
- artists smocks for the kids
The gel medium mentioned below can be found in your local craft store.
We have found that drawn pictures make the best and most original pictures. Some magazine pictures cannot be used because the picture on the back gets "in the way".
When using magazine pictures, pick the pictures that have as little on the back as possible.
Collect all your materials together and place a drop sheet or protective cover on your work space.
Lay your paper picture side up on your flat work surface and apply a coat of the gel to your picture. Leave to dry.
Repeat the previous step until you have 12 coats of the gel on your picture and leave to dry. Once dry, trim around the edges of your picture.
Soak you picture in water until you are able to peel the paper off the back of your picture.
Then, you will see that, like magic, the picture is stuck in the gel!
Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this activity?
Click on the download button to get your copy of the See-Through Picture Instruction Sheet. The pdf will open in a new tab and you can either save it or print it from there.
Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!